THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 3-4-18



LESSON TITLE: “THE MESSIAH!”



WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.

WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD’S DAY MORNING. IT IS ALWAYS AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU WITH US. WE ARE THANKFUL YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US AS WE COMMIT THIS TIME TO THE THINGS OF GOD. IT IS OUR HOPE AND PRAYER THIS MORNING THAT WE MAY EACH PARTICIPATE AND DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME ACCEPTABLE BEFORE HIM AND ACCORDING TO HIS WORD. NOW LET’S BEGIN BY TALKING TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO SERVE YOU. AND FATHER, WE ASK THAT THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY THAT WE MIGHT GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST AND WE MIGHT LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WILL CAUSE US TO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN A WORLD THAT CERTAINLY NEEDS TO KNOW YOU AND NEEDS TO OBEY YOUR TRUTH. FATHER, BE WITH US THIS DAY THAT WE MIGHT ALSO STRIVE TO GIVE YOU OUR BEST AS WE WORSHIP YOU AND AS WE DO THOSE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE COMMANDED. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE BY SINGING A SONG WHICH REMINDS US OF WHAT WE MUST DO AS CHRISTIANS. SO, AT THIS TIME, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING TOGETHER, “STAND UP FOR JESUS.”



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN TODAY BY LETTING YOU KNOW THAT ON MARCH THE 25TH WE WILL BE TAPING OUR SONGS FOR THIS PROGRAM AND WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ALL THE CHRISTIANS AND OUR SISTER CONGREGATIONS TO TURN OUT AND BE A PART OF THIS GOOD OPPURTUNITY TO NOT ONLY ENCOURAGE OTHERS THROUGH SONG ON THIS PROGRAM BUT TO ALSO HELP OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT CHRIST. AND SO I HOPE YOU WILL MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND BE A PART OF OUR OPPURNITY AT THE KANSAS EXPRESSWAY CHURCH OF CHRIST BUILDING THERE AT 2540 NORTH KANSAS EXPRESSWAY IN SPRINGFIELD. AND AGAIN ON MARCH 25TH WE WILL BEGIN AT 2 O'CLOCK. WE WILL GIVE YOU MORE INFORMATION IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS WE ARE REMINDED OF THE CRAZY WORLD WE LIVE IN. WHO COULD IMAGINE CHILDREN BEING HARMED LET ALONE SHOT AND KILLED BY THEIR OWN PEERS. I KNOW THAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN TOUCHED BY THESE TYPES OF EVENTS IN OUR SOCIETY. SURELY OUR HEARTS AND LOVE GO OUT TO ALL OF THOSE WHO SUFFERED, LOST LOVED ONES, OR WHO STILL DON’T KNOW THE OUTCOME OF THIS TRAGEDY IN THEIR LIVES. OH, HOW TRAGEDY’S LIKE THESE TRY US AND CAUSE US TO SORROW IN MANY WAYS. HOWEVER, ON THE OTHER HAND, THINK OF HOW TRAGEDIES LIKE THIS PULL US TOGETHER AND STRENGTHEN US AS A NATION.

IN MY LIFE TIME, I CAN NEVER REMEMBER OR RECALL SUCH PATRIOTISM, LOVE AND CARE FOR FELLOW MAN. IN FACT, INSTEAD OF BICKERING, ARGUING AND FIGHTING, PEOPLE OFTEN SEEM TO LAY ALL ASIDE FOR THE BIGGER PICTURE. THEY HAVE PUT ASIDE SELFISH WANTS AND DESIRES TO STEP INTO THE SHOES OF THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING. THEY HAVE LAID ASIDE PREJUDICE TO HELP AND ASSIST WHERE THEY CAN. ISN’T IT TIMES LIKE THIS THAT REALLY REMIND US OF WHAT IS TRULY IMPORTANT IN THIS LIFE?

ANOTHER GREAT LESSON WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM SUCH TRAGIC EVENTS IS HOW MUCH WE ALL STILL NEED GOD AND EACH OTHER! WITHOUT GOD WHAT OR WHO ARE WE. WITHOUT THE SAVIOR, WHAT IS IT ALL FOR? BUT ALSO, WITHOUT OUR FELLOW MAN, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES, WOULD THIS LIFE REALLY BE WORTH LIVING? OH, HOW PRECIOUS GODLY RELATIONSHIPS ARE IN HIS SIGHT. IN FACT, THINK OF THE GREAT EXAMPLE CHRIST LEFT US AS HE STROVE TO HAVE FRIENDS AND TO PROVE HIMSELF FRIENDLY.

I HOPE WE ALL WILL USE SUCH TIMES IN LIFE TO DRAW CLOSER TO GOD AS WE ARE REMINDED OF THE BREVITY AND FRAILTY OF LIFE. WE DON’T KNOW HOW LONG WE HAVE OR WHEN OUR TIME MAY COME SO WE MUST ALWAYS BE READY. THEREFORE, MAY WE EACH TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS AND THE TIME WE SHARE IN THIS LIFE. MAY WE EACH LEARN TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST, FOCUSING AGAIN ON TRULY THOSE THINGS WHICH MATTER. BUT ULTIMATELY, REALIZE THAT GOD IS THE ANSWER IN ALL THINGS. IT IS ONLY IN HIM WE WILL FIND THE COMFORT, STRENGTH AND SALVATION THAT WE NEED TO LIVE FOR AN ETERNITY. JAMES SAID, “DRAW NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU.”

THIS MORNING, WE WILL CONTINUE WITH OUR SERIES ON JESUS CALLED, “IN THE BEGINNING…!” OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC TODAY IS, “THE MESSIAH!” SO, PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING, AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. AS FAR AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER THIS DAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER BRENT GREEN WITH US. BROTHER BRENT IS THE MINISTER FOR THE HIGHWAY 13 CHURCH OF CHRIST IN BOLIVAR, MISSOURI AND HE IS ALSO A FULL TIME INSTRUCTOR AT THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI. WE ALWAYS LOVE HAVING HIM WITH US AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM GUIDING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. NOW LET’S RETURN TO OUR SONG OF PRAISE! THE NAME OF OUR NEXT HYMN IS, “SWEETER THAN ALL!”



LESSON

BRENT GREEN

WHAT A JOY IT IS ALWAYS TO BE ABLE TO OPEN THE WORD OF GOD AND STUDY FROM ITS PAGES. HERE IN THE BOOK OF JOHN, JOHN CHAPTER 1, WE READ THERE IN VERSE 41 OF A TERM THAT IS USED OF JESUS. IT SAYS, “HE FIRST FOUND HIS OWN BROTHER SIMON, AND SAID TO HIM, ‘WE HAVE FOUND THE MESSIAH’ (WHICH IS TRANSLATED THE CHRIST).” THIS IS ANDREW WHO WENT TO FIND HIS BROTHER SIMON PETER TO BRING HIM TO CHRIST BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE FOUND THE VERY ONE THAT THEY HAD BEEN WAITING FOR, THE MESSIAH. THIS IS ONE AMONG MANY TERMS USED HERE IN JOHN CHAPTER 1 TO SOMEHOW IDENTIFY OR DESCRIBE CHRIST OR TO GIVE HIM A NAME IN SOMEWAY. MANY OTHERS ARE FOUND HERE IN THIS CHAPTER AND WE WANT TO FOCUS NOW ON THE NAME MESSIAH. AND TO DO SUCH, I WANT US TO UNDERSTAND HERE THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO UNDERSTAND THIS NAME OR THIS TERM AS IT IS APPLIED TO JESUS WE DO NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE DEFINITION AS THE WORD HERE IS EMPLOYED.

SO IN JOHN 1:41 WHEN THERE AGAIN ANDREW SAID HAVE WE FOUND OR WE HAVE FOUND RATHER DECLARATIVELY THE MESSIAH WHICH IS TRANSLATED TO THE CHRIST. WELL, THE WORD THERE FROM MESSIAH IS USED IN TWO PLACES IN THE BOOK OF JOHN AND ACTUALLY TWO PLACES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE NEW TESTAMENT. AND THE WORD IS TAKEN THERE FROM A HEBREW ORIGIN AS IT HAS BECOME A GREEK WORD THERE IN THESE VERSES OR USED AS A GREEK WORD TO SIMPLY MEAN CHRIST. AND THAT'S WHY WHEN YOU READ THAT VERSE YOU SEE THOSE TWO TERMS USED TOGETHER. WE FOUND MESSIAH WHICH IS TRANSLATED THE CHRIST. THE HEBREW WORD FOR MESSIAH IS ACTUALLY USED MANY MORE TIMES THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE AND THE WORD IN HEBREW CAN BE TRANSLATED AS ANOINTED OR EVEN AS CONSECRATED. SO ALL OF THESE TERMINOLOGIES ARE REALLY FOCUSED AROUND THE SAME IDEA WITH THE SAME THING AS THEY ARE APPLIED TO CHRIST. NOW, AS WE USE THAT WORD CRIST WE'RE ACTUALLY USING A SYNONYMOUS GREEK TERM. AS IT WOULD BE SAID IN HEBREW, MESSIAH, THEY WOULD SAY IN GREEK, CHRIST. AND THE WORD CHRIST AS IT IS USED THERE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT IS ACTUALLY USED OVER 500 TIMES. AND ONCE AGAIN, IT WOULD MEAN THE VERY SAME THING; ANOINTED ONE. SO WHEN ANDREW MAKES THAT STATEMENT, “WE HAVE FOUND THE MESSIAH,” WHICH IS TRANSLATED TO CHRIST, BOTH OF THOSE WORDS ARE REALLY MEANING THE SAME THING. MESSIAH WOULD EQUAL CHRIST, MEANING THE ANOINTED ONE. SO WHAT ANDREW IS SAYING HERE IS WE HAVE FOUND THE ANOINTED ONE, THE ONE DEEMED BY GOD, THE ONE SELECTED BY GOD TO BE THAT MESSIAH THAT WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR. THE TERM MESSIAH IS DEFINED HERE ACCORDING TO ITS USAGE FROM THE WORDS HERE.

FURTHERMORE, WE CAN UNDERSTAND THAT THE TERM CAN BE USED IN GENERAL. IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, IT WAS USED TO DEFINE THERE TO BE USED SPECIFICALLY IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE PRIESTS WHO WERE ANOINTED TO SERVE AS PRIESTS UNDER THE OLD LAW OR THE WORD CAN BE USED FOR THOSE KINGS WHO WERE ANOINTED. LIKE DAVID SPOKE OF THE KING BEFORE HIM, KING SAUL, AS THE LORD'S ANOINTED. THE TERM ALSO COULD BE USED FOR EVEN FOREIGN KINGS. OTHER THAN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH (ISAIAH 45 VERSE ONE), CYRUS THE KING OF PERSIA WAS SPOKEN OF THERE AS THE LORD'S ANOINTED. BUT I WANT YOU THINK OF TWO SPECIFIC INSTANCES WHERE THIS ANOINTING TOOK PLACE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AS IT RELATES TO THOSE POSITIONS OF DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS. WHAT WOULD BE THE POSITION OF THE HIGH PRIEST? IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS, EXODUS CHAPTER 29 VERSE SEVEN, THERE THE PROVISIONS ARE GIVEN FOR THE ANOINTING OF THE HIGH PRIEST, THE POURING ON THE OIL ON TOP OF THE HEAD FOR THE ONE SELECTED ACCORDING TO GOD'S STANDARD AND GOD'S SPECIFICS THERE FOR THE ONE WHO WOULD SERVE AS SUCH. AND EVEN THAT IMAGERY IS USED IN PSALM 33 FOR BRETHREN WHO DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY IT IS LIKE THE OIL RUNNING DOWN THE BEARD OF AARON. WELL, THE BEARD OF THE HIGH PRIEST, THE ONE ANOINTED FOR THAT POSITION. BUT THE OTHER OFFICE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT I WANT YOU TO THINK OF IS THAT OF KING OF ISRAEL. THERE IN FIRST SAMUEL CHAPTER 16, SAMUEL SENT TO ANOINT THE NEXT KING, THE KING WHO WOULD FOLLOW AFTER KING SAUL. GOD HAD REJECTED SAUL AND SO GOD SENDS SAMUEL TO THE HOUSEHOLD OF JESSE TO ANOINT THE VERY NEXT KING. AND ALL THE OTHER BROTHERS ARE BROUGHT BEFORE SAMUEL AND ALL OF THEM ARE REJECTED. GOD SAYS, ‘NO THOSE ARE NOT THE ONES. DO YOU HAVE A FINAL SON JESSE?’ YES, AND THE MAN'S NAME WAS DAVID. AND DAVID BROUGHT FORTH AND HE IS ANOINTED WITH OIL TO SHOW THAT HE WAS SELECTED TO BE THE NEXT KING OF ISRAEL. AND THERE IT SAYS THAT GOD WILL BE WITH HIM FROM THAT POINT FORWARD. NOW APPLY THIS, THAT IS IN THE USAGE HERE. THE IDEA OF CHRIST, JESUS THAT IS, THE MESSIAH, THE ONE THAT GOD HAS SELECTED TO BE THE CHOSEN HIGH PRIEST AND KING. NOT IN THE SAME SENSE UNDER THE OLD LAW'S HIGH PRIEST. NOT IN THE SAME SENSE AS A PHYSICAL KING OVER ISRAEL. BUT IS JESUS THE ANOINTED ONE? IS HE A HIGH PRIEST? IS HE KING OF KINGS? AND OF COURSE THE ANSWER IS YES. BY DEFINITION, BY USAGE, BY EXAMPLE THAT WE SEE HERE JESUS CHRIST WOULD FULFILL BOTH OF THOSE POSITIONS.

I DON'T WANT YOU JUST TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, I WANT YOU TO SEE FROM THE SCRIPTURE THAT VERY THING. LOOK WITH ME IN YOUR BIBLES, AND HOPEFULLY HAVE THEM HANDY, TO HEBREWS CHAPTER 4 AND VERSE 14. READ WITH ME HERE WHAT THE WRITER SAYS. HEBREWS 4:14 AND ALSO VERSE 15. IT SAYS, “SEEING THEN THAT WE HAVE A GREAT HIGH PRIEST WHO HAS PASSED TO THE HEAVENS, JESUS THE SON OF GOD, LET US HOLD FAST OUR CONFESSION. FOR WE DO NOT HAVE A HIGH PRIEST WHO CANNOT SYMPATHIZE WITH OUR WEAKNESSES, BUT WAS IN ALL POINTS TEMPTED AS WE ARE, YET WITHOUT SIN.” DO WE HAVE A HIGH PRIEST? YES WE DO! JESUS CHRIST, THE ONE WHO WAS ANOINTED OF GOD. THE ONE WHO WAS CONSECRATED TO BE THE HIGH PRIEST, THAT IS THE NEW HIGH PRIEST OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. WHAT A GREAT THING IT IS TO STILL BE ABLE TO USE THAT TERM MESSIAH. TO KNOW THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, AS ANDREW FOUND HIM TO BE AND AS THE SCRIPTURE PROCLAIMS HIM TO BE. THAT IS, THAT HE IS INDEED THAT ANOINTED OR CONSECRATED ONE. BUT NOT JUST IN THE OFFICE OF HIGH PRIEST.

WE ALSO SEE THAT THE IDEA THAT JESUS IS THE KING IN REVELATION CHAPTER 17. WE CAN FIND THAT TERMINOLOGY USED OF JESUS, REVELATION 17 AND VERSE FOURTEEN AND AS WE WOULD FIND THAT PASSAGE THERE TO SPEAK AND A LOT OF IMAGERY WE CAN FIND IN REVELATION 17 VERSE 14 THIS SPECIFIC WORDING USED WHAT JESUS IS EVEN STILL TODAY. IT SAYS, “THESE WILL MAKE WAR WITH THE LAMB, THE LAMB WILL OVERCOME THEM FOR HE IS LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS; AND THOSE WHO ARE WITH THEM ARE CALLED, CHOSEN, AND FAITHFUL.” THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST EXISTS PRESENTLY. IT'S A SPIRITUAL KINGDOM, HIS CHURCH. WE'RE STILL NOT WAITING FOR IT TO COME. IT'S ALREADY HERE. AND AS THE KINGDOM EXISTS PRESENTLY, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN OF JESUS PRESENTLY? HE IS THE KING OF HIS KINGDOM. HE IS KING OF KINGS. HE'S BEEN ANOINTED. HE'S BEEN CONSECRATED TO BE SUCH BY GOD BECAUSE HE IS THE MESSIAH, THE CHRIST.

AS WE UNDERSTAND THE FACT THAT THE MESSIAH WAS DEFINED BY THESE WORDS AND BY THIS USAGE, WE ALSO NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE MESSIAH WAS IDENTIFIED. JESUS HIMSELF WOULD IDENTIFY HIMSELF AS THAT MESSIAH. ONE IMPORTANT CHAPTER IS THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER 4 WHEN JESUS SPEAKS WITH A WOMAN AT THE WELL. JESUS REVEALED TO HER THINGS THAT ONLY GOD COULD KNOW. AND THAT WOULD MAKE JESUS THE VERY SON OF GOD. BUT AS SHE WOULD WONDER ABOUT THOSE THINGS SHE WENT INTO TOWN AND SPOKE WITH INDIVIDUALS THERE, ‘COULD I HAVE REALLY FOUND THE MESSIAH?’ AND SHE URGED HIM TO COME OUT. BUT EVEN BEFORE DOING THAT, JESUS IDENTIFIED HIMSELF TO HER AS BEING THAT MESSIAH. THERE IN THE BOOK OF JOHN, JOHN CHAPTER 4, IS WHERE WE FIND THIS ACCOUNT. AND IN JOHN CHAPTER 4 VERSE 25, WE FIND THESE WORDS. IT SAYS, “THE WOMAN SAID TO HIM, ‘I KNOW THAT MESSIAH IS COMING’ (WHO IS CALLED CHRIST). ‘WHEN HE COMES, HE WILL TELL US ALL THINGS.’ JESUS SAID TO HER, ‘I WHO SPEAK TO YOU AM HE.’” JESUS IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS THE MESSIAH, AS THE CHRIST, USING THE VERY WORDS THAT WE HAVE DEFINED. JESUS SAYS, ‘I AM THAT ONE.’ INDEED HE PROCLAIMED HIMSELF TO BE SUCH AND REALLY ONLY ONE PROPERLY CAN BE IDENTIFIED AS THE MESSIAH. A CHAPTER BACK IN JOHN, WELL, RATHER LUKE CHAPTER 3 THAT IS, THEY WERE WONDERING ABOUT JOHN THE BAPTIZER. COULD THIS BE THE MESSIAH? JOHN WOULD SAY NO. THERE'S ONE COMING AFTER ME WHO IS MIGHTIER THAN I WHOSE SANDAL STRAP I'M NOT EVEN WORTHY TO LOOSE. THAT ONE IS THE MESSIAH. JESUS HIMSELF IN MARK CHAPTER 13 SPOKE OF THOSE FALSE CHRISTS, THAT IS THOSE WHO WOULD COME AND PROCLAIM TO BE SUCH BUT REALLY COULD NOT BE PROPERLY IDENTIFIED AS BEING THE MESSIAH.

WHAT IS IT THAT IDENTIFIES JESUS AS BEING THAT MESSIAH BEYOND JUST THE VERY WORDS HIMSELF THAT HE SPOKE TO SAY THAT HE IS THAT MESSIAH OR THE OTHER THINGS? MANY OTHER PASSAGES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WOULD IDENTIFY FOR US WHO THIS MESSIAH IS. LIKE LUKE CHAPTER 2 AND VERSE 11 THAT THE MESSIAH WAS THE SAVIOR THAT WAS BORN. THERE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 23 AND VERSE 10 THAT THE MESSIAH IS THE TEACHER WHO STANDS BEFORE THEM. WELL, THE TEACHER WHO WAS TEACHING THEM AND DECLARING UNTO THEM THE VERY WORDS OF GOD. ONLY ONE IS THAT TEACHER BECAUSE ONLY ONE IS THAT MESSIAH. MESSIAH HAD POWER OVER THE DEMONS, LUKE CHAPTER 4 AND VERSE 41. NO ONE ELSE COULD BE IDENTIFIED AS SUCH. MESSIAH WAS THE ONE WHO FULFILLED ALL PROPHECY, THE PROPHECY OF HIS RESURRECTION, LUKE 24 AND VERSE 46. THE PROPHECY ABOUT HIS PREACHING, ISAIAH CHAPTER 61 VERSES ONE AND TWO. I THINK THE FULFILLMENT OF THAT IS VERY INTERESTING AND IF YOU'LL LOOK WITH ME IN LUKE CHAPTER 4, THE OCCASION WAS SUCH WHERE JESUS WOULD HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO READ FROM THE VERY OLD LAW. WHAT HE'S GOING TO READ ACTUALLY COMES FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH. LOOK THERE WITH ME IN THE BOOK OF LUKE. LUKE CHAPTER 4 BEGINNING IN VERSE 17. JESUS ASKED HIS CUSTOM WAS THERE ON THE SABBATH DAY IN THE SYNAGOGUE AND THE TIME HAD COME TO STAND UP AND TO READ. “SO HE WAS HANDED,” VERSE 17, “THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH. WHEN HE HAD OPENED THE BOOK, HE FOUND THE PLACE WHERE IT IS WRITTEN: ‘THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, AND SET AT LIBERTY THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED; TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.’” AS JESUS IS READING THAT PASSENGE THERE (ISAIAH 61) AND IT SAYS IN VERSE 20, “HE CLOSED THE BOOK AND GAVE IT BACK TO THE ATTENDANT AND SAT DOWN. AND THE EYES OF ALL WHO ARE IN THE SYNAGOGUE WERE FIXED ON HIM. AND HE BEGAN TO SAY TO THEM, ‘TODAY THIS SCRIPTURE IS FULFILLED IN YOUR HEARING.’” JESUS IS SAYING, ‘I AM FULFILLING THIS VERY DAY THAT PROPHECY OF THE MESSIAH, THE ONE WHO WOULD PROCLAIM THE GLAD TIDINGS TO THE WORLD.’ JESUS CHRIST CAN BE IDENTIFIED HERE AS THAT MESSIAH. HE FULFILLED ALL PROPHECY (MATTHEW 5:17) HE DID NOT COME TO DESTROY BUT TO FULFILL. AND HE DID THAT VERY THING. THE MESSIAH JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONE WHO SITS UPON DAVID'S THRONE. THAT IMPORTANT POINT IS MADE KNOWN THERE IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, ACTS CHAPTER 2, WHEN PETER WOULD STAND UP WITH THE OTHER APOSTLES ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST AND WE HAVE RECORDED FOR US THERE IN ACTS 2 THE FIRST RECORDED GOSPEL SERMON. AND WHAT WAS PETER'S POINT THROUGHOUT THAT LESSON? THIS JESUS, THE ONE WHO CAN BE CONFIRMED BY THE PROPHET JOEL AND THE PROPHET DAVID, HE IS THE ONE. HE IS THE ONE WHO WHAT? LOOK WITH ME IN THERE IN ACTS CHAPTER 2 IN VERSE 30. IT SAYS, “‘THEREFORE, BEING A PROPHET, AND KNOWING THAT GOD HAD SWORN WITH AN OATH TO HIM THAT OF THE FRUIT OF HIS BODY, ACCORDING TO FLESH, HE WOULD RAISE UP THE CHRIST TO SIT ON HIS THRONE.’” THE PROPHET DAVID SPOKE OF ANOTHER WHO WOULD COME AFTER HIM. NOT ONE WHO WOULD SIT ON THE PHYSICAL THRONE, THAT IS THE PHYSICAL THRONE OF DAVID AND PHYSICAL ISRAEL THERE IN THE PLACE JERUSALEM. NO, ONE WHO WOULD COME AFTER HIM WOULD BE RAISED UP FROM HIS BODY. JESUS DID COME FROM THE LINEAGE OF DAVID PHYSICALLY BUT HE WOULD COME TO SIT ON A DIFFERENT TYPE OF THRONE. THE SPIRITUAL THRONE OF HIS SPIRITUAL KINGDOM. JESUS THE MESSIAH IS PROPERLY IDENTIFIED.

AS WE UNDERSTAND FURTHER ABOUT THE MESSIAH, THAT IS MORE THAN JUST IDENTIFYING HIM AS BEING SUCH, WE ALSO NEED TO BELIEVE THAT HE IS MESSIAH. AGAIN, I WOULD APPEAL THE QUESTION THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER FOUR THE WOMAN AT THE WELL WOULD POSE. SHE SAID OF THOSE PEOPLE IN THE TOWN, COULD THIS BE THE CHRIST? COULD THIS BE THE MESSIAH? I THINK SHE HAD AT LEAST SOME BASIC UNDERSTANDING, SOME BASIC BELIEF THAT MAYBE THIS IS THE ONE. BUT WHAT SHE WAS SAYING IN QUESTION FORM PETER WOULD CLARIFY DIRECTLY BY A STATEMENT THERE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 16. I WANT US TO READ THOSE WORDS BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT BELIEVING THE MESSIAH IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE. BELIEVING THAT THIS ONE BY DEFINITION AND BY IDENTITY IS THAT RECORDED MESSIAH. IT IS FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR SALVATION. WE CAN'T BE SAVED WITHOUT THAT BELIEF. MATTHEW CHAPTER 16 THERE IN VERSES 15 AND 16 THERE IT SAYS THAT, “JESUS SAID TO THEM, ‘BUT WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?’” VERSE 16, “SIMON PETER ANSWERED AND SAID, ‘YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.’” IT'S UPON THAT VERY FUNDAMENTAL FACT THAT THE CHURCH IS BUILT. PETER BELIEVED THAT JESUS WAS THE CHRIST. WE NEED TO BELIEVE THAT AS WELL BECAUSE IT WASN'T JUST PETER. IT WOULD BE THE OTHERS WHO WOULD SEE THE LIFE OF JESUS AND WOULD BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT HE WAS THAT ONE. IN JOHN CHAPTER 9, THE MAN WHO HAD BEEN BORN BLIND AS HE WAS HEALED BY JESUS CAME TO BELIEVE THAT VERY FACT THAT JESUS WAS THE MESSIAH. IN JOHN CHAPTER 11 MARTHA, YES, SHE BELIEVED IN A GENERAL RESURRECTION AND SHE EXPRESSED HER BELIEF THAT JESUS WAS THE MESSIAH. ALTHOUGH SHE WASN'T YET CONVINCED AT THAT MOMENT THAT LAZARUS, HER BROTHER, WOULD BE RAISED FROM THE DEAD BUT SHE WOULD SEE THAT AND WOULD COME TO BELIEVE EVEN MORE SO THAT JESUS WAS THAT MESSIAH. WE CANNOT DENY THAT FACT. WE MUST BELIEVE IT! AND THE GOSPEL RECORD IS GIVEN FOR THAT VERY PURPOSE. IN THE BOOK OF JOHN AT THE VERY END IN JOHN CHAPTER 20 NEARLY TO THE VERY LAST CHAPTER, WE FIND THESE WORDS THAT WOULD SPEAK OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS FACT THAT JESUS IS THE MESSIAH AND HE MUST BE BELIEVED TO BE SO. JOHN CHAPTER 20 AND VERSE 30, IT SAYS, “TRULY JESUS DID MANY OTHER SIGNS IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS DISCIPLES, WHICH ARE NOT WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK; BUT THESE ARE WRITTEN THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE…” NOW LISTEN TO THIS, “…THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD, AND THAT BELIEVING YOU MAY HAVE LIFE IN HIS NAME.”

WHY DO WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT JESUS IS THE MESSIAH, THE CHRIST? BECAUSE IF WE DON'T BELIEVE THAT, THEN WE CAN'T HAVE SALVATION. WE CAN'T HAVE LIFE. THAT'S FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR SALVATION TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS INDEED THE CHRIST, THE MESSIAH. TO BE BORN OF GOD, WE HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT VERY FACT (FIRST JOHN CHAPTER 5 AND VERSE ONE) SO AS WE IDENTIFY THE MESSIAH, AS WE DEFINE HIM, WE MUST BELIEVE IN HIM. BUT FINALLY I WANT YOU TO THINK THAT WE MUST PREACH AND PROVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THAT MESSIAH. THAT IS WHAT THE EARLY CHRISTIANS DID, THE APOSTLES, THE DISCIPLES THAT WENT FORTH. PETER DID IT, PHILIP DID IT. AS THEY WOULD TAKE OUT JESUS CHRIST AND THEIR GOSPEL MESSAGE AND THEY WOULD SET OUT TO PROVE THAT VERY FACT. THAT IS WHAT PAUL DID IN DAMASCUS AND THESSALONICA IN CORINTH. IT IS WHAT APOLLOS WOULD ALSO DO THERE AS THEY WOULD PROVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST.

OUR MESSAGE TODAY HAS TO STILL BE OF THE MESSIAH. THERE IN THE BOOK OF JOHN CHAPTER 1 VERSE 41, THAT NAME GIVEN THERE, THAT NAME USE EMPLOYED BY ANDREW WHEN HE SAID TO HIS BROTHER PETER, ‘WE HAVE FOUND THE CHRIST.’ DO WE STILL BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST? THAT HE IS THAT ANOINTED ONE? THAT ONE CONSECRATED BY GOD TO BE THE HIGH PRIEST? TO BE THE KING OF KINGS? BY DEFINITION, HE IS SUCH. DO WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS SUCH ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE AND DO WE BELIEVE THAT WITH ALL OUR HEARTS? AND ARE WE TAKING THAT MESSAGE OUT THERE? LET US REMEMBER THE NAME OF CHRIST, THAT INDEED HE IS THAT MESSIAH. THAT HE IS THE CHRIST, THAT HE FULFILLS THE NEW TESTAMENT, AND ALL THE PROPHECIES THAT WERE GIVEN.



CLOSING COMMENTS

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MAY WE ALL TAKE MORE TIME TO LOOK TO JESUS AS OUR MESSIAH! FOR THERE IS ONLY ONE CHRIST AND ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN IN THIS AGE OR ANY OTHER! THANKS BE TO GOD FOR OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!